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Charlie McDonnell is so excited about moving into his new house. Except that it's not going to happen just yet. Meanwhile, he's moved back into mummy's house in Bath, where he's still waiting for the go-ahead notice. How is he taking the wait?

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Hello and get ready for another exciting episode of “Everything is Fine”.
Why don’t we start off by reading an email?
This one’s from Emily Murphy. She writes:
How excited are you about moving into an actual house with Alex?
Cup of tea. Helps calm me down when I’m feeling stressed out. I’ve been having lots of tea recently.
In response to your question, Emily. Yes, I am extremely excited about moving into my new house, but I’ve been excited ever since I asked to move into that house about three months ago. In the meantime, I’ve had to move back in with my mum and my little sister, which is completely fine; they’re an utterly joy to be around… mos-most of the time.
Go away!
Now, living in Bath isn’t that much of a hustle but I am very excited to move out so thank you for your question.

- Can I have some more tea?
- We just ran out of tea-bags.
- We just ran out of tea-bags?
- That is what I just said.
- Well, go to the shop and get some more.
- I sort of can’t, 'coz the shop is closed on Sundays so you’ll probably have to wait till tomorrow.
- GET – ME – SOME – TEA!

I don’t like living in Bath.
I don’t like my tiny little bedroom.
I don’t like the insanely slow Internet connection.
I don’t like not being able to see my friends.

- Yo! Crabstickz, my main man!
- Oh, hey, Charlieissocool, hi!
- How would you like to come and visit me here in Bath.
- Absolutely not. You live too far away.
- Ok.

I don’t like the fact that there’s nothing to do.
And, and I don’t like the feeling that I’m always being watched by those creepy little toys that have been placed all over the house.

- Was that last one seriously about cuddly toys?
- Yeah, it sort of was. You know, I guess there aren't as many bad things about living here in Bath as I originally thought.
- And I just found some tea-bags, so d’you want some tea and stuff?
- You know what? I think I’m ok.

Everything is fine.

- Provided, of course, that the solicitors don’t push the house move back another week, right?
- Shut up and go and make me some tea.
- Everything is fine!

You’ve just had the almost imponderable joy of watching charlieissocoollike, which makes you, like, cool!

This video featured at Crabstickz. If you’d like to see some more of his stuff click on that thingy over there. Also, if you’d like to see my previous video, just click on the pig that is on my head.

(by Charlie Mc Donnell)

1- What is this sentence and what does it mean: “How excited are you about moving into an actual house with Alex?”
2- Who’s Charlie living with now? Does he like that?
3- Why does Charlie drink so much tea?
4- Why can’t he get more tea now?
5- Reasons why Charlie doesn’t like living in Bath:
6- Crabstickz doesn’t want to go and visit, why?
7- Why is Charlie scared of a teddy bear?
8- “Shut up and go and make some tea”: Can you explain this construction? (Do you see anything strange in the
grammar of the sentence? Have you got an explanation for it?)

Check your answers with the transcript and explanations here on this page.

START OFF= To initiate; to make the first step in an activity.

BY READING= We use “by + -ing” to explain how something is done (it answers the question "how?"):
- You can turn off the lights by pushing this red button.
- She greeted him by shaking his hand.

ACTUAL= /æktʃʊəl/ Real, proper, decent (as opposed to something that just has that appearance but it’s not really, or not good enough).
- Come on, you can’t live in that shabby cabin of yours, get an actual house, for God’s sake!
- That thing on top of Calton’s Hill is not the actual Parthenon. The real one is in Athens, you silly!

By saying that he’s moving into an “actual house”, Emily is implying that the little flat Alex and Charlie were sharing in London is probably too crappy to be considered a proper house (which might sound just a bit insulting for Charlie, and it shows).

ALEX= (a.k.a. nerimon) Charlie’s best friend.

STRESSED OUT= Stressed, tense, anxious.

.IN THE MEANTIME,= (free connector) Meanwhile.
- (conjunction): Susan was sunbathing while Kevin was watching TV.
- (free connector): Susan was sunbathing. Meanwhile, Kevin was watching TV.
- (free connector): Susan was sunbathing. In the meantime, Kevin was watching TV.
All three sentences mean exactly the same. “while” is more informal, and more used in conversation. “Meanwhile”, as all free connectors, is more formal, and more used in writing (but it’s also ok in conversation as long as you only use free connectors occasionally). “In the meantime” is the most formal of them three; Charlie uses it here because he’s often kind of theatrical in the way he speaks.

MOVE BACK IN= Come again to live in this house.

UTTERLY= Completely.

HUSTLE= /hʌsəl/ Energetic activity.
“It isn’t that much of a hustle” (informal) = it’s not a very busy life.
In conversational English we often use THAT to make an exclamation in the same was as SO:
- I don’t think she looks that beautiful with her new hairstyle.

MOVE OUT= Go to live into a different house; change houses.

RAN OUT OF= If you run out of something, you used all of it and now there’s nothing more left.
- The car stopped in the middle of the street because we ran out of petrol. It was so embarrassing.

I SORT OF CAN’T= The phrase SORT OF means “similar, but not exactly”.
- My house is sort of big, but not really.
In conversational English, though, we often use SORT OF just for the fun of it, with no real meaning. Just a filler. Some people can even overuse it to the point of exhaustion.
- I was sort of tired so I stopped and sort of looked ahead and thought it was sort of just too far away, so I sort of decided to stop a taxi. Sort of.

TINY= Very small.

INSANELY= Crazy, mad.

YO!= A very cool way of greeting especially used by young people. Originally a black American English expression popularized by Bart Simpson.

CRABSTICKZ= The nick of another of Charlie’s friends. His code name for his YouTube channel. I think he also plays in Charlie’s band or something, but not sure about that. I’m not THAT fan of Charlie, you know.

CHARLIEISSOCOOL= Charlie’s own nick for YouTube. His YouTube channel, though, is called charlieissocoollike (= Charlie is so cool like), the “-like” ending being an inner thing for his family, since his mother’s and his sister’s nicks are also ending in “-like”. Well, apparently I’m kind of a bit THAT fan of Charlie after all.

HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO…= (conversational) An informal way of making a suggestion. It’s the same as “why don’t you come and…” “what about you coming and…

CREEPY= Scary, annoyingly unpleasant. Something creepy makes you feel like little animals are quickly crawling up your spine.

CUDDLY= Something cuddly feels nice to embrace, like a teddy bear, for example.
A “cuddle” is a hug, an embrace.

I GUESS= (informal) I suppose; I think.

AREN’T = notice the BrE pronunciation: /ɑ:nt/ (please, don't say /ɑrent/)

ORIGINALLY= In the beginning; previously.

D’YOU= /dʒu:/ A very common casual pronunciation for DO YOU, though this contraction is not usually found in written English.

AND STUFF= The word “stuff” is an informal word meaning “things”. But the phrase “… and stuff” is often used at the end of a sentence meaning nothing (sometimes inside the sentence too):
- D’you like football and stuff? (= Do you like football?)
- O yes, I bought a bicycle and stuff when I was 8.

PROVIDED THAT= (formal) As long as; if.
- You can get into the palace provided that you have a personal invitation from the queen (= If you have…)

SOLICITORS= Lawyers (for some specific purposes)

THE SOLICITORS DON’T PUSH THE HOUSE MOVE BACK ANOTHER WEEK= The “house-move” is the act of moving into his new home. If you “push something back” for a certain time, you postpone it or delay it.

IMPONDERABLE= So valuable that it’s impossible to set a price for it. Immense in importance.

COOL= Modern and showing an attractive and fashionable appearance; great, fantastic.

FEATURED= If a person features in a song, or on a video, or in a film, that person appears there. We use this word when that person is especially important, so even if their appearance or contribution is a little one, it is still worth mentioning. In this case, we say that Charlie’s video “featured at crabstickz”, which means that this very video you’re watching appeared in crabstickz’s YouTube channel. Probably much in the same way as crabstickz video link image is shown at the end of Charlie’s video and stuff. Kind of :)

HIS STUFF= (coll.) The word “stuff” usually means “things” (in this case: his videos)

THINGY= A word we use when we don’t really know how to call something.
- Push that blue thingy down and then press the red button (the blue thing is probably something too strange to have a name in English, or maybe it has, but we don’t know that specific vocabulary, so we just call it “thingy”).
Note: please, say /θɪŋɪ/, not /θɪŋgɪ/ or /θɪnɪ/, ‘coz it would sound too strange here (or if you can't, just say "thing").
We can also say “thingamagick” in the same way, but “thingy” is shorter.
By the way, that strange thingy on his head that is supposed to be a pig, but doesn't look so, is actually, I guess, "Piglet", Christopher Robin's toy featuring in Winnie the Pooh stories as Winnie's friend.



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